It’s a snow day! One of the great joys of working at a school.
This impromptu day off was badly needed. I’ve been feeling really stressed and overwhelmed at work. This morning has been full of playtime with Teddy, sledding fun, reruns of Parks and Rec, coffee, writing, and puttering around. Blissful. Perfect.
I’ve had spring break on my mind lately. It’s weeks away, but it’s going to be amazing to have a few days at home with Teddy and Tee.
Daydreaming about vacation and enjoying snow days is fine. But, here’s my question: how do I arrange my life so that I don’t need a vacation from it?
Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.
I’m on the hunt for a new job, and it’s been a pretty all-consuming process. Sometimes when you’re looking for a job, that’s a full-time job all by itself. I’ve been really stressed, trying to find a job that pays well and will enable me to have the work life and the home life I want, and then also struggling to get through my days at my not-a-great-fit-anymore current job. Today I am pressing the pause button on the job search and I have a plan to make a change in my workplace by June – three months away. Not too bad. Three months until a fresh start – a better fit.
But I think it may still be a few years before I find an even better fit – a job that pays me the money my family needs without draining me of my spirit repeatedly. A job from which -MAYBE? – I wouldn’t need a vacation.
So the question for the present moment is: How do I, in my current circumstances, build a life from which I don’t need a vacation?
Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance, however I possibly can, no matter what.
- Look for a new job in an interested-but-not-obsessive manner.
- Be vigilant about self-care. Run in the morning, write, read, pray, meditate. When you’re stressed and overwhelmed, self-care is critical.
- Take short regular mindfulness breaks throughout the work day. Breathe. Pray. Text someone who can help you set your mind at ease.
- “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” Inner peace, dude – you gotta have inner peace.